Request Form for Refund of Fees
The following schedule has been adopted for the refund of fees associated with registering and applying to take the Legal Specialist Examination.
The transfer of fees from one examination to another is prohibited. Credit card processing fees are not included in any refund of application or exam fees.
Requests for withdrawal of applications received within 30 days after the applicable deadline for timely filing will be honored with a 60 percent refund of all fees paid in conjunction with the subject exam.
Requests for withdrawal of applications received within 45 days after the deadline for timely filing will be honored with a 30 percent refund of all fees paid in conjunction with the subject exam.
Please note that stopping payment on a check, dishonoring a check, or disputing a credit card charge does not constitute withdrawing from an exam. Only timely submitted withdrawals shall be considered for refunds. Refunds will not be processed for requests for refunds filed in excess of 45 days after the deadline for timely filing.
Withdrawal requests must be submitted through the Applicant Portal.
Death or physical incapacity
Refunds of 95 percent of all fees paid, excluding credit card processing fees, in conjunction with the subject examination are available in limited instances due to the death or physical incapacity of an applicant or their immediate family:
Official documentation must accompany any request for refund due to death or physical incapacity. Request must be received no later than 90 days after the examination for which a refund is being requested.
* Each of these instances includes in-laws of a same or opposite-gender partner. For additional information on what is considered an “immediate family member,” please refer to the definition provided in the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Reference Guide.
Service in the Armed Forces
Refunds of 95 percent of all fees paid in conjunction with the subject exam will be made for those situations where either of the following prevents an applicant from preparing for or taking the Legal Specialist Exam. Refunds will be made only upon presentation of appropriate documentation, which must accompany any request for a refund according to the published schedule:
Refunds will be made only upon presentation of appropriate documentation, which must accompany any request for a refund.
Court or trial on the day of the exam
Before you consider withdrawing from the exam due to a court conflict, the Legal Specialization Unit may be able to assist you. At your request, the Legal Specialization Unit is happy to submit a letter to the court requesting that an appearance be rescheduled. Please contact the Legal Specialization Unit right away at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.
Requests for withdrawal of applications and refunds due to court appearances will be processed in accordance with the schedule provided in the Requests for Withdrawal of Application to take the Legal Specialist Exam and Refunds section above.
If an applicant qualifies for a refund in accordance with this Refund of Fees Policy for an application but has an outstanding balance due for subject registration, application, or other transactions, the net refund will be the qualifying refund amount minus the corresponding portion of the fees owed or balance due for other transactions.